Vegetarian/Vegan Menu – Chickpea Tacos with Avocado Crema
I have posted the recipe for these before, but with the holidays approaching, I’m finding myself wanting to make them (and eat them!) and you may too! 😉 They are so easy and so tasty! My kids came by when I was making them once, popped one (without chocolate) into their mouth and immediately exclaimed “Mmmm caramel, I love caramel!” Yes to a healthier treat!
Recipe (makes approximately 15 caramels)
1 cup pitted dates
½ Tbsp peanut (or other nut or seed) butter
½ cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (use dairy free if needed)
1 Place pitted dates and peanut butter in a food processor and process until smooth.
2 Take mixture out and roll into small balls. You should get approx. 15 balls. Put in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 min to harden.
3 In a small bowl gently heat chocolate (either over a water bath or in the microwave)*.
4 Dip caramels in the chocolate and place on parchment paper to harden.
5 Optional: You can sprinkle with caramels with either some sea salt, chopped nuts, fancy sugar etc!
6 Let cool so chocolate sets.
*If you melt the chocolate over a water bath be careful not to get water into the chocolate. Also, the smaller the bowl, the better for this purpose!
If microwaving the chocolate, add a drop of milk or cream and heat in increments of 15-20 seconds and stir between so you don’t burn the chocolate and it gets dry.
My kids love a good chocolate spread but I’m not a huge fan of some of the ingredients in the store-bought varieties, so I came up with this version for them. I like the idea of giving them a treat that also adds some substance. This chocolate spread on a good piece of whole grain bread is great for an afternoon snack, before or after a sports activity or even as a breakfast treat. Packed with nuts and healthy fats it’s refined sugar free and will keep the kids going strong! 🙂
Recipe (makes approximately ¾ cup)
½ cup raw hazelnuts
¼ cup raw cashews
¼ cup raw pecans
4 medium sized pitted dates
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder
¼ cup good quality maple syrup (or to taste)
1. In a food processor pulse nuts to make a fine sand like texture. (Don’t blend too much or you will have nut butter!)
2. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth (It will have a slightly grainy texture)
3. Spread onto your favourite bread and enjoy!
There are probably as many good ways to peel a butternut squash as there are people peeling butternut squash, but in case it seems like a daunting task to peel and process the butternut squash in your delivery, here is my favourite strategy!
Here is a super simple and yummy appetizer recipe for you. With only 3 ingredients it comes together in no time; perfect for this busy time of year!
As this is our last post before the holidays we want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Chèvre
20 dates, or 10 medjool dates, halved with pit removed
10 slices prosciutto
approx. 150 grams goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Halve prosciutto lengthwise.
- Cut goat cheese into 20 pieces.
- On each thin slice of prosciutto place one date and one piece of cheese. Roll up in goat cheese.
- Place on a baking tray in the oven for 5-6 min. (Alternatively cook in a pan on the stove over medium-high heat for 4-5 min, until cheese is melted and prosciutto browned)